Women of the Bible


9 Days / 7 Nights



Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Capernaum, Caesarea Philippi, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Caesarea Philippi, Mount Tabor, Qaser El Yahud, Church of Nativity, Shepherd's Field, Jerusalem, Bethany, Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane, Dominus Flevit, Mount Moriah, Temple Mount, Masada, Dead Sea, Jerusalem




DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY
Day 2: TEL AVIV
After customs control you will be greeted by your Homeric Tours representative and transfer by private motorcoach to your hotel. Today spend the day adjusting to your new time zone. Dinner and overnight.
**Optional in Tel Aviv: Fashion Tel Aviv Style - Get a glimpse of what goes on behind the fashion scenes in Israel's fashion market. (1-2 hours) (D)
Day 3: JAFFA / CAESAREA / MT CARMEL / NAZARETH / GALILEE
After breakfast, head to Jaffa to visit the artist's quarter, Tabitha's House (Acts 9:36) and place of Peter's vision. Continue to Caesarea and view the Roman aqueduct and amphitheater remains. Visit Mt. Carmel, meet a local Druze woman and hear about the status of women in the Druze society. On to Nazareth, the Basilica of the Annunciation, Holy Grotto and the ancient village of Nazareth during the time of Christ, the archeological museum, Saint Joseph's Workshop and the ancient Jewish- Christian purifying bath. Drive via Cana (where Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water into wine) to the Sea of Galilee. Check in to hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 4: MOUNT OF BEATITUDES / TABGHA / CAPERNAUM / CAESAREA PHILIPPI
Morning visit to Mount of Beatitudes, (Matt. 5-7), where Jesus uttered the immortal words of the beatitudes, as written in the Gospel of Matthew. Following the path to Tabgha, here Jesus fed the multitudes (Feeding of 5000; Mark 6). Stop at Capernaum (Matt. 4:13), where both Jesus and Peter lived. The archeological remains enable us to visualize how Jesus taught in the Capernaum synagogue, healed Peter's mother-in-law; where he was anointed by a sinful woman and healed the demon-possessed Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:1-3). See the ancient synagogue where Jesus preached. Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Drive to Mt. Hermon, the source of the Jordan River at Caesarea Philippi (Banias) where Peter made his great confession of faith. Visit the archeological site of Phillip's Castle (home of Salome and Herodius) and the Banias Spring, source of the River Jordan. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 5: MOUNT TABOR / QASER EL YAHUD / CHURCH OF NATIVITY / SHEPHERD
After breakfast ascend Mount Tabor, where the Prophetess Deborah judged Israel under the palm tree (Judges 4:4-7) to the Kenite Stream in the Menashe Heights: homeland of Yael the Kenite, the woman who killed Sissera in her tent (Judges 4:17-22). Drive to Qaser El Yahud (traditional baptism site on Jordan River) Continue to Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity and the remains of ancient Bethlehem (beneath the Greek Monastery). Continue to Shepherd's Field and see the Cave Chapel, the new archeological excavation of a Byzantine farm. Visit a local olive wood workshop. On to Jerusalem via Rachel's Tomb ("A voice was heard in Ramah...Rachel weeping for her children" Matt. 2:18). Enter Jerusalem and check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 6: MOUNTAINS SURROUNDING JERUSALEM AND ITS WOMEN
Visit the Tomb of the Prophet Samuel and hear the story of Anna and the miraculous birth of Samuel (Samuel I,1). Mt. of Olives: Tomb of the Prophetess Hulda. Continue to Bethany: Martha and Mary's House (Luke 10:38-42), Lazarus' Tomb (John 11). From the Mt. of Olives follow the Palm Sunday Route and descend to Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over the city (Luke. 19:41). Visit the Church of All Nations, the Rock of Agony and Garden of Gethsemane. Continue to Mount Moriah: view the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), the remaining wall of the destroyed Temple. Ascend the Temple Mount (where Jesus spent Tuesday and Wednesday of the Holy Week), visit the mosques of El Aksa and the golden Dome of the Rock (one of the holiest Muslim sites). Visit the Temple Mount Women's Mosque and meet with a local Muslim woman; walk through the Cotton Sellers' Market. Proceed to Mount Zion to visit King David's Tomb, the Room of the Last Supper and the Valley of Gehenom (doorway to the underworld). Visit the Armenian Quarter with its traditional ceramic workshops. Meet with a scholar to discuss and learn about inter-religious tolerance. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)
Day 7: MASADA / DEAD SEA
After breakfast, visit Masada to see the restoration of buildings dating back to the fourth and fifth centuries AD. Enjoy a day at a typical resort on the Dead Sea. Treat and pamper yourself at the Modern hotel's SPA facilities. Lunch at the Hotel included. Afterwards visit the "Ahava Cosmetic Factory" located in Kibbutz Mizpe Shalem before returning to Jerusalem. Evening Dinner with Journalist Ms. Linda Gradstein. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B,L,D)
Day 8: JERUSALEM
Morning visit to Yad Veshem- Holocaust Memorial Museum then to the Israel museum - Shrine of the Book and the Model of the 2nd temple. Visit the modern art exhibition and the Shrine of the Book - where the most ancient biblical texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited. Visit the Jerusalem Market (Shuk Machane Yehuda Enjoy walking through the Shuk. After, visit The Garden Tomb, where we enjoy time of worship and communion. Return to hotel for our farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 9: USAUSALEM
Morning transfer for the airport for our flight home. (B)
The itinerary may be modified and tailored to the specific requirements and budget of your group

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Round trip air: USA - TEL AVIV - USA
Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative
Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout
English-speaking Homeric Tour manager throughout
Your choice of 4 or 5 star hotels
7 Nights of hotel accommodation
Breakfast and dinner daily
6 Days of sightseeing tours
All transfers
All entrance fees
Hotel taxes and service charges
Porterage of one suitcase per perso
USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program

Women of the Bible   departs daily from USA. Airfares are based on departures from New York.